Hooded Merganser

Vickie Emms

Anola, MB., Canada

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Featured in The Fabulous Prairies – April 19, 2010

Adult Description

  • Small to medium-sized duck.
  • Long, narrow bill.
  • Fluffy, fan-shaped crest.
  • Male with large white patch in crest.

Male Description
Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Circular crest with large white patch, outlined in black. Face black. Eyes gold. Back black. Sides rusty. Chest white, bordered by black and white stripes. Bill dark with yellow base.
Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Back, sides, and breast grayish brown. Belly white. Crest dusky, not brown like female’s. Eyes yellow. Bill black.
Female Description
Body brownish. Head brownish with bushy rufous crest. Small white patch on chin. Breast and neck slaty. Tail brownish. Wings blackish brown. Small white patch at base of wings. Eyes brownish buff. Upper mandible blackish green with orange edge, lower mandible orange or yellowish.
Immature Description
Immature resembles adult female. First-year male similar to female, but crest dull brown with a white patch, some black feathers on head and sides, bill dark, and eyes yellow.
(http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/hooded_merga...)
Photographed at Hazel Creek, Manitoba, Canada
Canon EOS Rebel XTi; Sigma 150-500mm lens

F/6.3
1/500 sec
ISo400
500mm

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